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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter considers the social context of the rise and construction of the community understood as science fiction fandom. It explores the interactions between different types of fandom, the creativity and energy in the field, and the porous borders between fans and professional authors. The chapter further argues that SF fandom constitutes a “knowledge economy,” with its own institutional memory and mechanisms of transmission. It explores the world of science fiction conventions, organizations, awards, and publications (including fanzines and fan fiction). It also gives a sense of the international scope of fandom.

Keywords: science fiction, science fiction fandom, science fiction conventions, science fiction fanzines, science fiction authors, knowledge economy, fan fiction

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